Spike Lee turns to Kickstarter to fund vague film thing

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Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy will be out later in the year, and he’s already got his sights set on his next project. Rather than looking for traditional backing, Lee is the latest established filmmaker (and highest-profile filmmaker) to use Kickstarter. It’s going to take $1.25 million to make his next movie a reality.

The new film is about… well… I have no idea. If you look at the Kickstarter page, it’s more about Lee’s filmography and reputation, and there’s lots of talk about the idea of independence. There’s a line in the video about people being addicted to blood like some people are addicted to alcohol, but I don’t know if that’s a metaphor or not. We are assured it’s not a remake of Blacula, but that doesn’t rule out a remake of Scream, Blacula, Scream.

As EIC Matthew Razak said in our staff emails, this isn’t a well-thought-out Kickstarter campaign. There’s no info on the movie or how funds will be spent, and Lee’s haphazardly capitalized everything on the page like one of his tweets. (At least the Veronica Mars movie campaign and Zach Braff’s campaign had actual info and showed, you know, effort in their initial outreach.)

If you’re interested, you can check out Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.

How do you feel about Spike Lee crowdfunding his vague new joint? Expect staff opinions about celebrities and crowdfunding in the not too distant future. After the cut, something this Kickstarter campaign reminded me of.

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.